THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) reigning champion University of Visayas (UV) Green Lancers put up a late rally to beat the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors, 92-78, in the opening game of the 2nd Asia-Pacific University Games in the Cebu Coliseum yesterday.
Rey Suerte topscored for the Green Lancers with 17, Monic Soliva added 16, Jerome Napao contributed 13, and Josue Seguman handed 10.
The Green Lancers raced to an 8-1 rally to regain the lead, 82-76, with 3:40 left in the fourth frame following Malcolm Tan’s three-pointer that put USC ahead, 75-74.
First, Soliva converted two free throws, 76-75, off an unsportsmanlike foul from USC’s Froilan Mangubat.
UV got an extra possession and Melvin Butuhan converted a shot inside the paint, 80-76.
Soliva again converted two charities to make it 82-76 with a minute and 40 seconds left before USC’s John Reel Sayson’s put back shot, 82-78.
But the Green Lancers proved to be lethal down the stretch as Butuhan nailed a trey to pad the lead to seven, 85-78, followed by two missed free throw from USC.
Gelian Delator split his free throws but Butuhan was there for an offensive rebound and a shot, 88-78, with 36 ticks left. Soliva put USC away with a two-pointer also coming from an offensive rebound, 90-78, before the game ended at 92-78.
USC actually led after the third quarter, 61-58, before Soliva scored four straight points and UV took a 62-61 edge at the early part of the third quarter.
John Reel Sayson finished with 20 for USC, Tan added 18 and Victor Manuel Rabat had 10.
The 2nd Asia-Pacific University Games continues today with the basketball game at Cebu Coliseum, table tennis at Robinsons’ Galleria, lawn tennis at Citi Green and badminton at Racquet Zone in Montebello Villa Hotel. (RSC)